The season for the 100 Mile House Wranglers of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) was an exciting one, albeit ending in their elimination in the second round of the playoffs at the hand of divisional rivals, Revelstoke Grizzlies. But the team wasn’t the only one with local talents on them this season.
The team that eliminated the Wranglers had a local on their team. Dylan McNeil, a 17-year-old forward from 100 Mile House appeared in 36 games for Revelstoke during the regular season and finished with 25 points (11 goals, 15 assists) and spent 63 minutes in the penalty box in his second campaign with the team. Five of his goals came from special teams, only one of them shorthanded.
Revelstoke is on to the league championship series, after beating the Osoyoos Coyotes in Game 7 on March 24 in the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference Final and will face the Kimberley Dynamiters. McNeil has only played seven games in the team’s playoff run this year due to injury but has scored three goals and an extra series may give him a chance to get back on the teamsheet.
Brett Harris is another forward from the area. Currently, in his second season with the University of Jamestown Jimmies in the American Collegiate Hockey Association, he has scored 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 27 games and recorded 17 minutes in penalty minutes and is the team’s eighth best scorer.
The team, based in North Dakota, finished the regular season with a 24-13-0-1 record, allowing them to qualify for ACHA national championship, however, they were eliminated by the University of Illinois on March 10 to a score of 3-1. In turn, the Illinois team lost 8-1 to Adrian College who won the championship on March 13.
In his freshman season with the university, he played in 16 games and scored 11 points. Before transitioning to university hockey, Harris played with the 100 Mile House Wranglers for two seasons, including the 2015-16 season. Harris had his best statistical season in the game that year, picking up 19 goals and 39 assists for 58 points during the regular season and going on to get 20 points in as many games during the playoffs to help his hometown to its first KIJHL championship, Cyclone Taylor Cup and the Keystone Cup.
Harris sits second on the 100 Mile House Wranglers all-time points with 107, behind Justin Bond (156).
In his junior career, he also played for the Summerland Steam of the KIJHL, the Penticton Vees and the Prince George Spruce Kings of the British Columbian Hockey League, and the Nipawin Hawks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. In 2010, the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League drafted him in round five (102 overall) in the bantam draft.